"Ik heb daar gestaan."

Translation:I have stood there.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/A.Joyce

Would "I was there" work for this?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
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No, that loses the information that you were standing. I was there = Ik was daar

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fcarelsz
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"I stood there" would however be a correct translation.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Balaur
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In addition to the translations "I have stood there" and "I stood there", can we make it past progressive and say "I was standing there"? I'm pretty sure that the answer is yes, but I'd like to confirm this, especially in case I try it out in the future and it doesn't work, so I know whether to report it or not.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Joelson00

Good question and still unanswered after 9 months. Or would one have to say: "Ik was daar aan het staan."?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/El2theK
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Yes, you can also use this to say I was standing there.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/george169533
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I was confused by the different uses of "staan". Sometimes its use is the equivalent of the English "to be", so i translated it to, "i have been there." Any guidance?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LalitMahap

It is common practice in Dutch to replace "to be" with the physical position of the person or thing if that can be determined. Typically the positions are sitting, standing and lying.

So I could say "ik zit te eten" to say "I am eating" because I know I always sit down to eat.

So if some people are waiting at a bus stop for their friend one of them could say "wij staan wachten op onze vriend". It is here that "staan" appears to be synonymous with "zijn" or "to be".

1 year ago
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